Friday, March 5, 2010

Neil Patrick Harris's role on Glee sure to be Legen - wait for it - dary, and that's not all!

    Neil Patrick Harris, currently co-starring in the CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother, and formerly of Doogie Howser, M.D. and Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, is coming to Glee!  It's been a big week for NPH news, as it was also released that he would star as a human who meets tiny blue creatures in the new Smurfs movie.  The movie will begin shooting next month in Central Park.
     But what of NPH on TV's most popular new show?  Word is that Harris will appear in an episode of Fox's Glee, which is taking a far too-long break while American Idol runs, during May sweeps as a former classmate and rival of Will's (Matthew Morrison).  Apparently, Neil's character, named cheekily 'Bryan Adam', not only competed with the current glee club director for parts, but bested him often.  Now Bryan is a member of the school board for the high school, and wants to get rid of the arts program, blaming his success in it as ill preparing him for later life.  The episode will feature plenty of flash back fun and a huge duet between the two men.  It will also be directed by Buffy the Vampire Slayer creator Joss Whedon, who cast Harris in his internet sensation Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog, and who is rumored to be planning a sequel.
     Setting aside just how awesome that will all surely be, Glee has had plenty of other excitement.  For instance, President Obama is having the cast over to the White House on Easter Monday for the annual Easter Egg RollSaturday Night Live vet Molly Shannon has joined the cast in a recurring capacity, beginning in May, as an enemy for Sue (Jane Lynch), playing an alcoholic, pill-addicted, badminton coach who teaches astronomy.  Olivia Newton John (Grease) will make an appearance.  Terri (Jessalyn Gilsig) will sing and try to win Will back.  The Puck (Mark Salling) / Rachel (Lea Michele) pairing will be revisited.  There will be an entire Madonna-themed episode, with many, many songs.  And best of all, Sue will sing!!!
     The show, unsurprisingly, has already been renewed for a second season.  This coming summer, kids will compete in a reality show to fill three new roles in Glee next fall, including a boyfriend for Kurt (Chris Colfer), an R&B singer who is also on the football team, and a brand new diva.  And this May, the current cast will do seven concerts in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York, and Chicago.   Whew!  That's a lot of Glee dish.  Tune in on Fox Tuesday, April 19th at 9pm to catch the next new episode of Glee.

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